What Is the Q?rius Experience?

Watch an introduction to Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

The “Q?rius experience” is one of exploration and discovery through conversations with Museum scientists and interactions with authentic specimens and objects. ”Q?rius” (pronounced “curious”) gives visitors access to things that normally would be behind the scenes. By talking with scientists, experiencing how they conduct research, and handling authentic collection objects, visitors enhance their grasp of the natural world, awaken new interests, and build inquiry skills for life.

  • Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center: Created for teens, tweens, and their families and teachers, Q?rius is an interactive learning space where visitors can use microscopes, handle almost 6,000 collection objects, solve science puzzles, and meet science experts.
  • Q?rius jr.: a discovery room: This interactive space especially for children ages 10 and younger features real Museum objects and artifacts. Visitors of all ages can look at fossils, skulls, shells and minerals, use a microscope, try on traditional clothing from around the world, and much more!

Q?rius is made possible through the generous support and partnership of many individuals and organizations. View Q?rius acknowledgments.